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The Covid-19 new normal has brought the future forward

Six months have now passed since the UK went into lockdown in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19, and while this resulted in a large and well-documented drop in work almost overnight for many printers, one of the few upsides of the situation was perhaps the rare chance to work on the business rather than in it.

Print, Prinect and paranoia, the long roots of Zaikio’s open promises

In early August, Printweek.com ran a story on Zaikio, a new open print connectivity technology being launched by a German company that previously had the wonderful name Crispy Mountain. It led to that month’s longest chain of reader responses on the Disqus comments section below the story. It seems to have struck a particular nerve because last year Heidelberg bought Crispy Mountain (now Zaikio).

20 lessons learned during lockdown for prospering amid the new normal

While some print firms were shuttered during lockdown, others have kept going throughout. Dr Adrian Steele, managing director at Staffordshire-based Mercian Labels shares some of the changed workplace practices the business has adopted and that have become its ‘new normal’, as the label specialist continued to operate 24/5.

Moving the eco discourse forward

While Packaging Innovations has always done what it says on the tin, over the past few years it could be argued that, while still visible, some of the innovative tech and applications on show at the event have been overshadowed by the ongoing debate about plastic – a debate that too often writes plastic packaging off as irredeemable.

The early bird can secure the first-mover advantage

With Drupa now just three months away from opening its doors – assuming it’s not subject to coronavirus-related postponement or cancellation – it’s safe to assume that many of the major manufacturers are gearing up to premiere new machines and technology imminently.

Coronavirus: contagion over contagion

‘When China sneezes the world catches a cold’. It’s abundantly clear that the global spread of coronavirus COVID19 is already affecting the day-to-day lives of plenty of people in the UK, and it looks like the impact is only going to increase in the near-term – the government was poised to move to the ‘delay’ stage of tackling the virus as this issue of Printweek went to press.

‘Creating a recipe for success’

Last month’s EFI user conference in Las Vegas may have marked a number of debuts, most notably the inaugural Connect for its new private equity owners, new CEO and new CTO, but the overarching message was a very familiar one.

Shout louder

Earlier this month the BPIF organised its annual Apprentice Conference, which this year was hosted at the Antalis Academy at the merchanting group’s head office near Leicester.

Xerox bid could go any which way

Will they, or won’t they? As this issue of Printweek headed off to press, Xerox and HP were still locked in a tit-for-tat battle of words with HP refusing to engage in discussions.

Print’s supply chain is greening up

The wider world and its leaders are finally waking up to the idea, thanks to numerous respected, heavyweight reports, undeniable evidence, and tireless campaigning, that what we use of the earth’s resources, what we do with them and how we put them back into the environment is having a direct and catastrophic impact on the health, and indeed future, of our planet and its inhabitants.

Print reacts to snap election news

The industry has mixed views on whether next month’s snap General Election will help to break the ongoing Brexit deadlock, but believes it should at least provide the usual short-term boost for print.

Big ambitions at home and abroad

After more than 125 years in family ownership, it’s fair to say that the past 18 months or so have involved some pretty seismic changes at Huddersfield-based large-format display graphic specialist Leach.

New hue cues are influencing and driving colour fashions

When it comes to factors that determine and shape the colours used by brands, designers and manufacturers today, the catwalk has fallen out of fashion while social media is now the biggest influence, at least according to a new publication from papermaker James Cropper.

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